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I am far from a wish to calumniate the author, who, I am assured, is a military man of the highest character for wit and good conduct; but his work, which seems to have a moral end in view, is in reality very dangerous.
It has been said to be a picture of the manners of a certain class in society; and, if it was not a resemblance, where would be its utility? Must monsters be created to cause in us an aversion of ordinary vices? If it is true, it ought to have been concealed; there are shocking nudities which our minds revolt at rather than receive any instruction from.
The veil that covers the Tiberiuses and the Messalinas, ought not to be wholly lifted up. Young men will find in this novel easy means of seduction; young women will here see portraits of embellished vice; and old libertines will be amused by the exploits of Valmont.
But what a monster is Valmont, if such a character exists; and those who know that class of society, assure us, they have met with many such.
If there really are such beings, ought not their society to be avoided carefully? It is a forest filled with robbers: to enter it we should be well armed.
It is a road full of great precipices, to avoid falling into which, we must be very circumspect. What a character is the Marchioness de Merteuil!
Sometimes she is a Medea, sometimes a Messalina. Read the tenth letter: vice is to be drawn; but should it be drawn in such seducing colours? Are there many young people who will prefer the character of a virtuous man to the brilliant and lively one of the profligate Valmont? Are there many who will not blush at the awkwardness of Cecilia?
And when one blushes at being ridiculed, they are not very far from the vice that exempts them from it. In France, ridicule is too much dreaded; they would rather be vicious; and this book will rather assist that taste. The style of romances may serve to lead us to the knowledge of the morals of ages and nations. Thus the country, which has lately produced the natural and moving Henrietta of Gerstenfeld, is far from the state of depravity of Paris and London.
I form my opinion from the book. In the last age the French novels were full of gallantry and virtuous love, because then they were gallant and respectful. In this age, they have substituted wit to love, and the novels are stuffed with an unintelligible jargon of metaphysics. Merteuil accepts, on the condition that he furnish written proof of the liaison.
Tourvel rebuffs all of Valmont's advances.
Searching for leverage, he instructs his page Azolan to seduce Tourvel's maid Julie to gain access to Tourvel's private correspondence. Slowly, with coaxing from Merteuil who knows that Danceny, a poor commoner, can never qualify as a bona fide suitor , they fall in love.
A concerned Madame de Volanges calls upon Merteuil to speak to her. In the meantime, Merteuil begins an affair with Danceny.
Meanwhile, Valmont somehow manages to win Tourvel's heart—but at a cost: In a fit of jealousy, Merteuil mocks Valmont and threatens to trash his reputation as a carefree gigolo.
She also refuses to honor her end of their agreement, since Valmont has no written proof that the relationship has been consummated.
Valmont abruptly dismisses Tourvel with a terse excuse: Tourvel, overwhelmed with grief and shame, retreats to a monastery where her health deteriorates rapidly. Danceny challenges Valmont to a duel, and mortally wounds him. Les Liaisons dangereuses With his dying breath, Valmont asks Danceny to communicate to Tourvel—by now near death—his genuine love for her. He gives Danceny his collection of intimate letters from Merteuil; all of Paris learns the entire range of her schemes and depredations.
Dangerous Liaisons was the first English-language film adaptation of Laclos's novel. During production Malkovich had an affair with Pfeiffer. His six-year marriage to actress Glenne Headly ended shortly thereafter. Despite how evil these two are, they are at the same time fascinating. The book did have a Cruel Intentions feel to it but it only makes sense that such a book would provide inspiration to Hollywood.
View all 9 comments. Anyone who enjoys a good 18th century scandal ;. Recommended to Anne by: I love this book to distraction. Simply put, it is wonderfully twisty, delightfully witty and shockingly scandalous. It will make you laugh, sigh, wonder, exclaim, and, if you're anything like me, hold you under its spell for a long time. Set in 18th century France before the Revolution and written in epistolary form, Les Liaisons dang I love this book to distraction. Set in 18th century France before the Revolution and written in epistolary form, Les Liaisons dangereuses is an epic tale of seduction, deceit, love and revenge, as well as an excellent portrait of the moral corruption of the time.
Although written over years ago and aimed at mirroring the society's ugly reflection, it was fascinating to see all the parallels that can be made with our society today. We live our lives so differently that it almost seems as though we were not of the same planet, yet the basic principles and fatal human tendencies portrayed in the story are as much true and applicable today as they were in the 18th century. Dangerous Liaisons TV Mini-Series — - IMDb The novel centers around two very bored, very jaded, very wicked French aristocrats, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, former lovers, but forever accomplices, best friends and confidantes, who have nothing better to do with their time and intelligence than scheme and manipulate others for their own amusement.
Masterminds of the first order, they read, decipher and interpret human ways to such a degree that, for all their outrageous depravity, one can't help but admire them. Any villainous project they have in mind is sure not only to succeed at the complete detriment of others and in the utter ruination of their victim for their own benefit, but to be undertaken in such a way as to make them look like veritable heroes and the sole friends and saviours of their innocent victims.
Seriously, the way they work is so mind-bogglingly amazing that I had to put my book down several times to assimilate all the glory of what had just happened.
Vicious and evil to the core, the Marquise and the Vicomte are truly dangerous, and the best villains I have encountered so far in any book. Completely ahead of her time, she refuses to mould herself to the social norms, and becomes her own creation.
Seriously, that woman is incredible, and I find her endlessly fascinating. I could expand about her all day long, but instead I will simply direct you to Marquise's review , where she explains everything perfectly. At last, I have found something to alleviate my boredom!
It'll be soooo much fun for us both; you get to enjoy her, and I get to laugh incessantly as I think about her husband finding out that she's unchaste. What do you say??! It'll be way better than being shut up in the country with nothing whatsoever to do!
It's going to be awesome!! My project is way more awesome!
But fine, if it amuses you, go for it, and bring me back the proof that she gave herself up completely to you. What is this I hear! You are staying at Mme de Rosemonde's with le Vicomte de Valmont??! Don't say I didn't warn you! But I shall find a way, hahahaha!!! I don't want to do anything wrong, but I do so want to write to him and not see him being miserable because of me!
You have my blessing!!
Thought you should know they've been writing letters to each other! I beg of you, alleviate my suffering!
Tell me you love me too! Don't make me unhappy! When are you coming back? Why don't you reply? Let me work, and don't worry. The Devoted Prude cannot resist me much longer. I am so irresistible. I cannot love you back, and you know that! I can be your friend though: You were right, he truly is horrible! He won't leave me alone!! I told you he was top-of-the-top dangerous! Tell him to go away already! Don't stay there with him, everybody will think you are being compromised.
Les Liaisons dangereuses Dangerous Liaisons You are so cute! P What fools men are! Honestly, I have to manage everything if I want it to be done right. When you bungle folly after folly, you come running back to me each time, and I'm always the one who has to take you out of scrapes. I was definitely born to dominate your sex and avenge my own. In truth, the only times they were completely honest and true to themselves were by writing to each other.
They are heinous, to be sure, and their behaviour is despicable, but it was so engrossing to follow their progress and to be surprised by all the twists and turns that ensued. Dangerous Liaisons! The Maze Master! Valmont made me laugh out loud several times with the tactics he employed with Mme de Tourvel, and Merteuil was simply glorious in her expert manipulation and toying of everyone's confidences and affections.
And for all their evilness, those two really and truly comprehended human nature and, when taken out of context, wrote some truly beautiful passages on love, character and relationships. It really showed how well they understood everything, and only rendered it more afflicting that they should use their talents to torment others. As the story progresses and the plot thickens, I became more and more shocked at their audacity, and in the end, one cannot but feel that they well and truly deserved the terrible endings they suffered.
Typically, I try to avoid books with unhappy and tragic endings. I'm a rainbows-and-sunshine type of girl who delights in happily-ever-afters and evil villains redeemed, but as Les Liaisons dangereuses is not a fluffy historical romance where all's well that ends well, the ending, I must admit, greatly affected me and left me more than a little distressed. Somehow having the two leads unmasked and their perfidy revealed made me doubly realize just how vile and rotten they were, and their antics, previously captivating and delectable in all their perverted glory, now seen through the eyes of the victims have lost much of their charm, and are seen in their rightful disgust and contempt.
Such is the power of this book, that you love the villains but agree they deserve the ending they get, and their true nature revealed and all the consequences it encompasses leaves you torn between your previous admiration of their wicked minds, and your newly-found realization of the disgust of their behaviour.
This is a book that messes with you, I warn you! Or maybe it's just me being overly sensitive and dramatic, that's a huge possibility too ; Now, I am in awesome-book-is-over-I-can't-stop-thinking-about-it mode, where I go about my daily functions like a robot, not seeing, hearing, or understanding anything save what has to do with Les Liaisons.
Such a wonderful state, yet one you can't wait to get over, right?
Definitely one of my top favourite books of all time! In fact, it's even worse in the book!